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, we would all be paying attention to mr. brennan who is the nominee to be director of central intelligence and who has himself a history of some controversy on both the heft and the right ironically. so if we could just talk about what the implications of this are, and i'm going to try and put these two questions together, actually, and to digress and explain this question a little better, many of us who work in foreign policy studied history because that's what draws you in. and in the old days polysci and ir were fields that weren't exactly embraced as they are now, and for those of us who did study history, a hot remember that all these inconsequential and rather interesting countries whether it was the czechoslovakias or malis of the time were the precursors to larger battles that could have been dealt with had they been dealt with early. i wonder if just sort of thinking through that prism where we see things going, but maybe take the nominees, and i'm going to just throw it open and see who grabs the mic first. tom. >> okay. you're putting it in front of my face, you kne
. at the wilson center last april, mr. brennan said drone strikes are legal, ethical and wise. >> i stand here as someone who has been involved with our nation's security for more than 30 years. i have a profound appreciation for the truly remarkable capabilities of our counterterrorism professionals and our relationships with other nations. and we must never compromise them. i will not discuss the sensitive details of any specific operation today. i will not, nor will i ever, publicly divulge sensitive intelligence sources is and methods, for when that happens, our national security is endangered, and lives can be lost. at the same time, we reject the notion that any discussion of these matters is a step onto a slippery slope that inevitably endangers our national security. too often that fear can become an excuse for saying nothing at all which creates a void that is then filled with myths and falsehoods. that, in turn, can erode our credibility with the american people and with foreign partners, and it can undermine the public's understanding and support for our efforts. in contrast, presid
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